So the Republican Convention is off to a fun start. While the Donald's lack of discipline and blunt speaking have turned off a lot of Republicans, Melania's speech was a planned, carefully scripted affair.. In fact parts of the speech appear to have been copied word for word from a speech given by Michelle Obama eight years ago.
Some on social media have suggested that the speechwriters may be to blame; however, Melania told NBC’s Matt Lauer last week, “I read once over it and that’s all because I wrote it with as little help as possible.”
From the Trump speech:
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son,”
And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
From the Obama speech:
“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
One of the phrases Melania altered was about treating people with dignity and respect "even if you don't know them." Coming from the Trump camp, that should come as no surprise.
It seems bizarre that she would riff the words of a high profile Democrat to use for a high profile Republican event. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.